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Should You Starch Your Dress Shirts?

Many customers ask us which of our shirting fabrics “hold starch the most”. I tend to answer this question with a question. “Why exactly do you want or need to starch your dress shirt?” The most important thing to remember is that the regular use of starch drastically reduces the lifespan of your shirts.  So, is it worth it?

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If you feel you must starch the body and sleeves of the shirt for wrinkling, chances are the fabric quality and thread count is quite low. If you feel that the cuff and collar are in need of being pressed, perhaps the interfacing (also known as fusing) is the culprit. A higher quality fusing can quickly resolve this. Read here about our high quality German interfacing.

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My advice to these customers is to buy a high thread count quality dress shirt and insist in having a reinforced collar and cuff. We have some great options in our Deluxe and Luxury fabric lines. The higher the thread count, the less wrinkling.  If you do, however choose to continue with starching your shirts, try a light starch or do it less often.

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

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Spring Menswear Trend: Polka Dots

A classic print that never goes out of style, the polka dot is back with a vengeance this Spring and Summer 2016 in menswear. We have all noticed that the patterned suit is currently a big hit which means there are so many great ways to wear this style.

Let’s start with the least investment: The pocket square. With something so small, you can add a bolder print like this. Don’t overload the eye with lots of bold prints. This good fellow kept the rest of the look solid.

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Or try a small scarf this Spring. Men can wear scarves year round. Going into the warmer months, choose a smaller one like this that just adds a hint of style.

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Of course there is the polka dot tie. Perhaps you already own this wardrobe staple.

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Looking for more of a statement than the accessories? Try a bold polka dot shirt. We love this burgundy toned variation.

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Feeling like going all in? Try your printed suit in the dapper dot.

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A great reason to invest a little or a lot in this small print trend is that you can wear it from not until eternity. Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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What Collar Styles to Avoid

We often hear that a man with a round face should avoid an extreme wide spread collar but were you aware that every face shape has a style it should avoid like the plague? Here are a list by collar style of those who should run in the other direction.

Button Down Collar

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Who should just “not even”? Any guy looking to climb the corporate ladder. If you want to move up at the office, choose a stiff collar and avoid the button down… And dress like a grown man.

 

Traditional Point Collar

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Is there someone who shouldn’t wear a traditional collar? Well, not exactly. I would say if you are a more fashion forward minded man, you should opt for a wide spread collar instead. Otherwise, it’s pretty much a go for everyone.

Narrow Point Collar

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Who should avoid it? Anyone who doesn’t like the Goodfellas look. If you are man interested in looking like Ray Liotta make sure you don’t have a long and or lean face. It will accentuate the length of the face and even shorten the beholders view of your neck.

Round or Club Collar

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Who shall not? A man with a round or full face or anyone with a barrel chest. This will make either seem even wider. I also think very tall men with a tiny club collar seems odd. Make sure that the collar length fits your height.

Whatever this is called, EVERYONE should avoid it.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Luster to your Wardrobe

Feeling a little dull from this cold weather? Why not spruce up your wardrobe by adding some hints of luster?

Accessories: A silver tie, silk pocket square or a silver watch can add a hint of bling to your day.

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Corporate Office: A new suit with a slight sheen will get you noticed at the office.

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Formalwear: First of all, a brown tux? Heck yes. It also has a gorgeous sheen and it is double breasted.

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Anytime: Ever tried a Royal Oxford dress shirt? It has a slight sheen to it’s box weave texture and it’s thickness is great to keep you warm until May.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

Which Shade of Blue Looks Best on You?

We all love a blue dress shirt but did you know that there are better shades of blue for each type of complexion?

Many men actually don’t even know what type of complexion they have.  An easy way to decide is by using those cuff links. Find one piece of yellow gold and one piece of silver or white gold. Perhaps you already know which of the two look better on you. If you tend to wear yellow gold, chances are it is because your warm skin tone is complemented by the warmth of the gold tones. If you look better in silver tones or white metals, most likely you are in the cooler complexion category. If you look great in both, perhaps you have a medium skin tone.

Men with warm skin tones or darker complexions should give vibrant shades of blue such as teal and royal blues a try. No need to throw out those medium blue shirts or suits either. They will also look great on you but try a pop of color with the tie.

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Those with medium skin tones and less contrast between their hair color and skin tone should aim for styling with cooler shades of blue. A blue shirt with a silver undertone such as our dusty blue or french blue will look perfect on you. A sky blue will be complimented by a tie with touches of sapphire.

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If your complexion is light and cool (high contrast between your hair and skin tone) chances are you will look best in a soft to medium blue with warm undertones. Try a dress blue and pair it with a tie featuring hints of warm orange or wine tones.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Are Gift Certificates Impersonal?

Gift certificates may be a quick and easy gift to give but are they still considered too impersonal?

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In recent years the negative stigma of gift certificates has begun to fade and many thoughtful friends and family have realized it may actually be the perfect gift. Although you may not know what the recipient would buy within a certain shop, you most likely know where it is they prefer to shop. In my opinion, as long as you are gearing the gift certificate toward their interests, you are in great shape. Now, have I mentioned we offer gift certificates? Click here to find the link to share with YOUR friends and family.

 

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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When Should You Wear French Cuffs?

Ever wonder if those cuff links are a bit showy for the party or meeting? There are times the French cuff shirt is totally acceptable and times you may get an eye roll.  So how do you know when to wear them? It is usually based on the formality of the event.

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Here are 3 times you are welcome to wear them.

1. When the bride says so. If it is a formal wedding and you are a groomsman. If this is the case, luckily this choice is usually made for you.

2. Are you going to a formal event? If it is a black tie event with the more “privileged” class, then yes. Go for it.

3. Are you wearing a very nice and more importantly traditional suit to an important meeting or interview?  If you are interviewing for a top position in the company, it is likely safe. However, If you are headed to a meeting where you feel a slimmer cut and more modern suit is appropriate, most likely you should opt for a barrel cuff.

What about times that you should avoid them?

1. Funerals. Just don’t do it. Not the time to get flashy.

2. With a sweater. It never seems to work out well.

3. To work everyday or to happy hour. Unless you are the CEO.

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Remember Gents, this is just my opinion. Be creative in your dress and leave me your comments!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Casual Custom Cutaway Collar

Contrary to popular belief, the Extreme Spread or Cutaway custom dress shirt collar is not just for the dressiest of occasions.

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Sure, it is a great stylish collar to wear to that wedding but many have begun to wear this extreme spread in a casual way. We have tons of new checks and plaids in stock now for you to style that new casual cutaway. Get started styling yours by clicking here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley